Bye bye Borsdane Precint

Borsdane Precinct
Borsdane Precinct

ONE of Wigan’s biggest eyesores looks set to be bulldozed within weeks.

Clowes Developments has revealed that it hopes to tear down Borsdane Precinct, in Hindley, in September.

Although exact dates are yet to be confirmed, the property developer is close to signing contracts for the lease of the Spar unit, with the agreement for the Ladbrokes unit said to be just weeks behind.

The developers aim to have a signed build contract within a month and to complete the purchase of the part-derelict site by the end of August.

Once that is firmed up, the wrecking ball could be moving in at the beginning of September.

The precinct, which has blighted Hindley for years, with just one of its six units occupied, will be replaced by a new parade of five retail units, and a new estate of 24 houses, with plans submitted by planning consultants Paul Butler and Associates.

The scheme’s existing tenant – Spar franchise James Hall and Co – will continue to trade from its existing unit until the new parade is built. It will then take the anchor unit within the new shopping area, to allow for the demolition of the remainder of the precinct.

The demolition date has been put back over the last year or so, but a spokesman from Wigan Council reveals Clowes has been waiting for quotes in relation to water, gas and electricity services.

Jayne Acaster, senior surveyor at Wigan Council’s property division, said: “After three months they are still awaiting a final quote for the capping off and diversion of the services, which are essential works before they can commence demolition.

“They have been advised they should expect the quote in the next few days and hope the works will be carried out within four weeks of acceptance and payment, so demolition works can commence.”